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Bertha
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Posted - 04/21/2011 :  12:27:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bertha's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Over this current school year, our transportation dept has been experiencing low morale, sickness, and somewhat high absenteeism. We also have a director who has not acknowledged nor addressed our group, including the two refreshers. She stays in her office and does not come out to the drivers' room to talk to us. There have been a couple of accidents and she never even asked the drivers how they were. She hollers at people and embarrasses them. It is very difficult to speak to her as she always has these two same drivers in her office. No one else is allowed to be in her office but these two people have easy access to her. The mood of the department is becoming one of anger, frustration, and has caused some people to become sick due to the stress in this hostile environment. We really are not sure what to do about this, but something needs to be done and soon. We are also losing drivers because they don't want to deal with what is happening. Any suggestions?

JK
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USA
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Posted - 04/21/2011 :  11:17:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit JK's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"... Any suggestions?"

Try this forum link. There is a variety of posts covering workplace and schoolplace issues and remedies. Know this -- the workplace jerk will not stop until stopped by those he or she persists in attacking, and often with the help of other employees that will not tolerate workplace bullies in their department. The two that spend all the time with the boss may be her informants that help keep the help in line, including those planing to confront this recent boss. Not always the case but sounds more likely in this case and based on your report. Plenty employers like the bully boss and there is no law in any state that addresses this issue, although the courts have recently allowing the term 'workplace bully' and the like. All the employees under her are affected in a negative way, but until effectively showing how much this management style can cost the company in turnover, health benefits, sick leave, inefficient operation and a bad employer reputation they are not likely to do anything about the jerk boss. The link will give you some excellent remedies but be prepared for a battle.

Click here for the Hostile Workplace thread.

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Edited by - JK on 04/21/2011 10:00:43 PM
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WallyG
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United States
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Posted - 04/21/2011 :  2:08:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A lot of people should not be in this business including the manager you describe unless your description is slanted the way things slant when drivers with to much time on their hands make up things to make themselves feel better.

If what you describe is in fact happening well there is always the local, Local who can help you with an unreasonable management.
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mcgoo
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Canada
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Posted - 04/21/2011 :  4:12:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit mcgoo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you or your colleges are not happy, quit. No use hanging around if your not at a nice environment.
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Formerly Known As 80-RE4
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USA
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Posted - 05/17/2011 :  05:19:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, I agree. Find another school bus company to work for. I've learned that hostile work places usually DO NOT get better. People do not deserve to be treated that way. When they have no more drivers, maybe then she'll be forced to get out of her office and drive. If you're not happy, why stay? I know sometimes you get attached to your route/kids, but it's not worth the aggrivation.

SBF member since 2002. Schoolbus driver for 8 years (01-09). Formerly Known As: 96AmtranRe, LaidlawdriverMassachusetts, 80RE-4. Route Buses driven: 96,97,00 Amtran RE, AARE, Thomas FE.
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